The Women’s Wear Daily Archive is now available through our Digital Library! Women’s Wear Daily, or WWD, is widely considered the “bible” of the fashion industry. The WWD Archive is the only digitized source of the entire run of this publication, from its first issue in 1910 to issues from the past twelve months, all reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry’s most influential reads, covering key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers, and advertisers.
Founded in 1910 by Edmund Fairchild, Women’s Wear was launched as a small weekly sister publication to the Daily News Record, a menswear journal founded in the late nineteenth century. Moving to daily publication in 1927, Women’s Wear Daily covered the news behind the manufacturing of women’s clothing, including sales and acquisitions, production costs, and personnel moves within the industry. In later years, under the editorship of John Fairchild, WWD began featuring social commentary, tracking the personal lives of high-society. It soon became the most powerful and influential fashion journal in the US, and subsequently released W magazine. They were purchased by Condé Nast in 1999, and WWD continues to publish breaking news and is widely considered the primary fashion publication by industry insiders.
Access the Women’s Wear Daily Archive from our Digital Library – all you need is a library card!